Food donations needed for LOV’s 25th annual Thanksgiving meal in Newark

Shirley Sisk, executive director of the Newark-based League of Volunteers, is asking the public for donations for the nonprofit group’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner next week. Here are the details:

The League of Volunteers (LOV) is planning on serving 4,000-5,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day at the Newark Pavilion or delivered to the homebound in Fremont, Newark, Union City, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Castro Valley.  Only a week to go and to date there is a desperate shortage of the following:

Turkeys – need 300 – have 36 – short 264

Hams – need 80 – have 12  – need 68 more

Pre-baked pies – need 500 – have 20 promised  – short 480

Instant Potato Mix – large box –  have 25 – need 50 more

Chicken Broth – need 20 large cans – have 6

Canned Corn – need 91 more

Canned Green Beans – need 324 more

Oval Aluminum Roasting Pans – need 491 more

Butter – both 1 lb. boxes (40 needed)  & individual patties (box of 200)

Bottled water – need 18 cases

Dessert plates – need 700 more

Sandwich bags  – need 2,500 – have only 396

Take Home Styrofoam Dinner Containers – need 700 more

Large lunch bags – need 1,100 more 

Charcoal to cook turkeys – need 1,000 lbs.

Turkey Roasting bags – need 300


These are just a few of the many food and supply items needed to help make this a happy holiday for those in need or those that are alone this Thanksgiving. You may also call 510-793-5683 for an update on needs.  LOV’s Community Service Center is at 8440 Central Ave., Ate A/B , Newark, 94560.

It is open to receive donations Monday thru Friday from 8:30 am until 5 pm. Or you maycall for pick up. If you don’t have time to shop, monetary donations are very much welcome so that we may purchase what is needed.

For more information, call LOV at 510-793-5683 or send an email at lov@lov.org.


Chris DeBenedetti

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